Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai, has made a generous donation for food aid to refugees in the Gaza Strip, UNRWA said Thursday in a press release.The donation ($553,800 US) comes in response to the UNRWA’s Emergency Appeal for the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinian News & Info Agency WAFA has reported. These funds will enable UNRWA to provide 5,300 individuals from 976 families, in the Khuza’a municipality of Khan Younis, with food assistance for 12 months.

‘In 2014, no mother should worry where the next meal will come from for her children. But politics has trapped too many Gazans in a world of poverty and hunger they cannot escape,’ said Princess Haya, underlining: ‘We all need to do more to end this pointless suffering.’

In Gaza, 56 per cent of refugee households are food insecure, WAFA further reports, while another 14 per cent are vulnerable to food insecurity.

UNRWA wishes to help some 790,000 refugees meet their basic requirements through direct distribution of emergency food assistance. Some 1.2 million, total, of approximately 1.7 million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip are Palestinian refugees registered with UNRWA.